29 September 2008

29sept- Franklin's 13 moral virtues
what seems like ages ago (but actually turns out to be no more than 3 months ago) I posted a little thing on Goethe's 9 requisites for contented living.

Tonight, as I make sure this 03Chateau Durfort-Vivens doesn't go to waste, and, as I don't feel myself particularly elevated, I consider opening that 05Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cab/Merlot blend, I found these 13 moral virtues espoused by Benjamin Franklin.

"The thirteen moral virtues listed by Benjamin Franklin in his Autobiography:

1. Temperance. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation.

2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling Conversation.

3. Order. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each Part of your Business have its Time.

4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

5. Frugality. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.

6. Industry. Lose no Time. Be always employ'd in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary Actions.

7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. Justice. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.

9. Moderation. Avoid Extreams. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Cloaths or Habitation.

11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.

12. Chastity. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another's Peace or Reputation.

13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


The Morning Question, What Good shall I do this Day?

The Evening Question, What Good have I done to day? "

It's so easy to recognize and suggest a good way to live, but so difficult actually to live accordingly.

But there they are. some good ideas.
so think about that...

Google images offered this in response to "Benjamin Franklin." It comes from Alexanderscostumes.com, which also, oddly, has a child's John Hancock costume which looks quite a bit like the above only in green.

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